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Debate Continues on GPS Tracking for Dementia Patients

We have blogged on multiple occasions about the increasing use of GPS tracking for dementia patients, and it looks like this is a conversation that will continue for some time.  According to Medical News Today, a recent report in the British Medical Journal has generated attention on the degree of usefulness for GPS tracking devices and protecting the safety of dementia patients.  While some experts recognize that, due to GPS trackers,  authorities are able to much more quickly locate a wandering individual, which greatly reduces the risk of harm or death, others are concerned that tracking devices for dementia are merely a “quick fix” for stressed caregivers.  Send us your thoughts.


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GPS Stolen for Serious Pizza Craving

When you want pizza, well, you really want pizza.  According to My Suburban Life, such was the case for a Carol Stream, Illinois man who allegedly stole a GPS tracking device in order to find the nearest pizza restaurant. Now the man is charged with three counts of trespassing and one count of possession of stolen property.    We can understand the craving for a delicious pie, but surely there was a better way to go about this one.  And, we can’t help but wonder, did he get his pizza?



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No More Lost Luggage?

Did you know that an average of 4 pieces of luggage are lost on every Boeing 747 flight?  That’s a lot of suitcases and it adds up to billions of dollars every year.  The Daily Mail Reports that Airbus has developed new smart luggage which includes a built-in satellite GPS tracker and a barcode display to both locate the luggage if lost, and identify the owners.  The system works with a smart phone app, which involves passengers sending their flight information to the airline, and the airline responding with a unique bar code for every piece of luggage–which then shows on the bar code display.


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Cemetery Robber Caught on Video

After visitors began complaining to a Sandusky, Ohio cemetery about items such as flowers, vases, and plants missing from graves, the Sandusky Police set a trap for the thieves by placing a GPS tracking device in a potted tree.  After about a week of surveillance, the thief was spotted on video stealing the tree.  Using the tracker and GPS tracking software, police were led to a home where multiple items such as urns, vases, and plants were found.





Here Kitty, Kitty

Ever wonder what your cat is up to when you’re away?  The BBC recently requested a study using GPS tracking collars and cameras to track the movements of 50 cats.  Results from the one week project showed that cats can be pretty sneaky, including one cat who entered his neighbor’s home through the cat door to steal cat food.


Here are our favorite GPS tracking news stories for Friday, June 7, 2013:

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GPS Inventor Says Self-Driving Cars to Come

Brad Parkinson, former United States Air Force colonel credited with the invention of GPS, says that the future of GPS tracking technology is self-driving cars.  Due to the advancement of GPS tracking technology, Parkinson said self driving cars could be just a few years away–especially since companies like Google are already testing them.  Parkinson is now a professor at Stanford.



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GPS Technology for Tsunami Warning Systems

The BBC recently reported that GPS tracking technology may soon be used to increase early warning time in the event of tsunamis caused by earthquakes.  According to the report, GPS will be used to measure even the slightest changes in the geography of the coastlines in countries most likely to be affected by tsunamis to provide faster warnings than current tsunami warning systems which use seismic activity data.






NASA Working On GPS for Navigating Space

Popular Science reports that NASA is developing an “intergalactic” GPS system aimed at facilitating space travel anywhere in the universe.  Navigation for space travel currently relies on radio signals sent from Earth, but those signals weaken with distance.  The GPS project is designed to rely on light beams produced by neutron stars known as pulsars which spin rapidly and emit steady beams of light.


GPS Tracking Bracelet

The New Jersey Herald reports that Sussex County authorities are testing the use of GPS tracking ankle bracelets on screened non-violent offenders in an early release program as an effort to reduce costs such as housing and medical care for inmates.  According to the article, a second inmate is soon to be released on the program.  Using GPS tracking software authorities can monitor participants who are confined to their homes and immediate areas.  Authorities are testing the GPS tracking program in hopes that it will reduce the cost of housing inmates and providing medical care.


According to FloridaToday.Com the GPS tracking satellite launch scheduled for tomorrow has been delayed until Friday pending further technical assessments. See our previous GPS tracking news post for more information about watching the live launch online via the ULA’s website.


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Research at Ohio State University is providing more information on tracking underground nuclear tests from thousands of miles away through GPS tracking technology, as detailed in a presentation at the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization meeting in Vienna.

Researchers hope the added use of GPS tracking technology, in addition seismic activity and chemical sensors already in use, will provide concrete evidence on underground nuclear tests, by pinpointing precisely when and where tests occur.

When a powerful underground  nuclear test occurs, it creates changes in the Earth’s upper atmosphere, known as the ionisphere.  The ionispheric changes are detectable by GPS tracking satellites, alerting scientists to the possibility of an underground nuclear test.   The use of GPS tracking in this manner is still in development, with one of the biggest challenges being the ability to recognize the difference between an earthquake and an underground nuclear test.